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30 Russell Square

30 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS

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Introduction

  • Basement Floor - Meeting Room B01
    Ground Floor - Café, Reception Psychosocial studies Administration Office, Philosophy Administration Office, Teaching Room 103
    First Floor - Teaching Rooms 101, 102
    Second Floor - Academic Offices
    Third Floor - Philosophy Academic Offices 302 - 312
    Fourth Floor - Teaching Rooms 401 - 407.
  • Comments View
    • A portable hearing loop system can be requested at the AV Office.

Centrally Timetabled Spaces

Centrally Timetabled Spaces (Cont)

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Russell Square.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 146cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The bell is located on the lift.
    • There is a third door that is heavy, push to open with a width of 105cm.

Lift (Main Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 149cm x 139cm (4ft 11in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • The main reception is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 22:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to G04-G06 and the rear staircase.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1. There are tactile markings at the top and bottom of the steps. There are 2 additional medium steps inside each of these rooms. These steps have handrails to the right (as seen in photograph 2).
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to B05-B08.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 3. There are tactile markings at the top and bottom of the steps. The steps are overcome by the basement floor lift. Please see the section below for more information.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the third floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The level change can be seen in photograph 4. The steps are overcome by the third floor lift. Please see the section below for more information. There is a similar lift to overcome a similar level change to access rooms 311 and 312. These steps have handrails on the left (as seen in photograph 5).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • A portable hearing loop can be requested from the AV Office.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a level change to access the fourth floor consisting of three deep steps with handrails on both sides or an alternate set with no handrails. There is a platform lift to bypass these steps (as seen in photograph 6).
    • The steps are overcome by the fourth floor lift. Please see the section below for more information.

Lift (Basement Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the basement floor to your right on exiting the lift and stairs lobby.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 76cm x 82cm (2ft 6in x 2ft 8in).
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Lift (Third Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the third floor to your right when you exit the main lift.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 75cm x 82cm (2ft 6in x 2ft 8in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift to overcome a similar level change to access rooms 311 and 312. This can be seen in photograph 2.

Lift (Fourth Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left when you exit the lift on the fourth floor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 84cm x 90cm (2ft 9in x 2ft 11in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is snacks.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the basement floor, on the first floor, on the third floor and on the fifth floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are two staircases to the rear left of the building. One goes from G-M-1 only and can be seen in photograph 2. The other goes to B-G-M-2-3-4-5 and is otherwise similar to the main staircase. This can be seen in photograph 3.
  • Comments View
    • Access to room 314 is located between the third and fourth floors on staircase A.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right when you leave the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on the basement floor, on the first floor, on the third floor and on the fifth floor.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 87cm x 135cm (2ft 10in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Level Change (Second Floor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on the second floor.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • Comments View
    • There are six steps in total to access 201A and 201B.
    • The first step is located in front of you when exiting the lift at the bottom of the fire door (as shown in photograph 1).
    • Then turn right and there is another step shown in photograph 2 at the base of another door.
    • To your left on going through this door there are another four steps leading to rooms 201A and 201B. These steps have hand rails on the right going up.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your right when you exit the lift on the fourth floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 275cm (4ft 3in x 9ft).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is not clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 61cm (2ft).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 40cm (1ft 4in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor and the first floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 8m from the main lift.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is no step free access to the ground floor male standard toilets. There are two deep steps in front of them with a grab rail on the left. The steps can be seen in photograph 2.

Outside Access